BC Liquor Licensing – A Patchwork Quilt of Policies

BC liquor licensing has become a patchwork of inconsistent policies.  There is a need for the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and the Liquor Branch to undertake an initiative to harmonize the various local government policies and bylaws regarding BC liquor licensing, as this would clearly be in the public interest. Over the years, various local governments have created their own set of unique liquor policies and bylaws that their staff oversee, enforce and usually refuse to exercise discretion to these policies. Read more

BC Liquor Licensing – 5 Training Tips

There is a lot for prospective liquor licensees to know about BC liquor licensing rules and regulations. Firstly, obtaining a license is not as easy as downloading an application from the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (a.k.a. “BC liquor board”) and popping it in the mail. Secondly, if your license is approved, your obligation to comply with a number of rules and regulations begins. After making a considerable investment in time and money, keeping your liquor license is just as important as getting your liquor license.

While writing and implementing training materials is best left to professional BC liquor licensing experts like Rising Tide Consultants, the following training tips are the bare minimum your business should follow. Read more

How a Manual Can Protect Your Vancouver Liquor License

If you have a Vancouver liquor license or you are considering applying for a liquor license for your Vancouver business, it’s imperative that you know your responsibilities as a licensee, and, take action to safeguard your investment.  Infractions can be costly, disrupt business, and, if your business largely depends on liquor sales, can lead to business closure. Read more

Serving it Right Required BC Liquor License Training. What You Need to Know

If you are considering applying for a BC liquor license, in many cases you (the licensee), managers, sales staff and servers will be required to take Serving it Right (SIR) training.  Many prospective BC liquor licensees mistakenly think that SIR training is only required of Liquor Primary license holders and their staff, but most license types require licensees, managers and servers to hold a valid SIR certificate. Read more

5 Reasons Your BC Liquor License Could Be at Risk

BC liquor license holders may feel they can breathe easy once their Liquor Primary or Food Primary License is approved, but complacency can lead to lax practices which put your liquor license at risk. Your duty to uphold your responsibilities as stipulated by the license terms and conditions begins when your business is approved. Obtaining a BC liquor license (PDF) can be a costly investment – don’t risk that investment or future earnings by failing to remain in compliance. Read more